Sunday, August 27, 2006

How far we've come...

In 1922, the state of the art in word processing might have been this Oliver typewriter.

It cost a mere $49.50 back then, quite the deal considering the average price was over $100.00.  But applying an inflation calculator to that $49.50 we see the lowly typewriter would cost a whopping $512.39 in 2005 dollars!  For that much you could get a low end PC with basic word processing, a printer and probably a years worth of ink refills (ok, I'm exaggerating on the refills.. Has anyone else been tempted to buy a NEW printer for less than the refills on an existing one??)

But I see they did have upgrades for the typewriter we just don't seem to have for our PC's today.  I've never seen a mink case mod before - have you?  But then again, changing fonts is much easier today then it was with typewriters.  It was interesting to discover that "ascii art" was around way before I ever thought it was.  And I see that major keyboard modifications had as much chance of becoming mainstream back then as they do today (I'm wondering what it will take to change the mouse/keyboard as the predominant input interface).  Look - this one even "threatens to revo-lutionize the present office typewriter".

 

The Modern Mechanic blog is one of my favorite feeds - good for a grin.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Dan said....

Never have heard of a mink case mod.... but I have heard of a fuzzy case mod....

http://www.malaran.com/2.0/ibook/furbook.html

Sun Aug 27, 09:50:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Patrick said....

Makes you think how far we will be in another 80 years! That's really beyond anyone's imagination I guess...

Mon Aug 28, 04:51:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

>>Has anyone else been tempted to buy a NEW printer for less than the refills on an existing one?

Yeah, I just bought a lexmark printer at Walmart for $19.95. I will be happy to toss it when its done....

I also went to Circuit City to get one of those network storage devices for home use. I ended up leaving with an AMD Sepmron 1.8 ghz PC with 512Mb, 160gb, with a 19" Viewsonic wide screen LCD monitor all for $315.00 after rebates and tax. That was about the same price as the NAS.


-LC

Mon Aug 28, 09:18:00 AM EDT  

Blogger shrek said....

well, the IBM selectrict used to make it easy to change the font. and they used it for consoles too.;-)

Mon Aug 28, 09:20:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Stephen Booth said....

The problem with buying a new printer for less than a refill (aside from the obvious ecological impact) is that often the ink/toner cartridges supplied with a new printer are only about a third full.

Mon Aug 28, 09:33:00 AM EDT  

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